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I just cut short a 6h36m P95 run of 305x12 x9CPU-NB because my sapphire 6950 2GB got here, I hadn't even received a tracking # yet, so I didn't think it would arrive till like wed-fri.....

What the hell, its not a reference card, it has a fan, not blower in the middle, and I don't see a BIOS switch

son of a witch, now what???
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Yes, these are the new revisions. Don't worry, they overclock better than the original ones and even though there isn't a bios switch, the chance to unlock is still there, though if you mess it up you'll either have to blind flash it or use a different card for primary output and put the "dead" one in the second slot to flash it back with a stock bios. Either way, the extra shaders only offer 5% more performance at the same clocks, so if you want you can risk it and try for an unlock, otherwise its still cool.

I would imagine your 6950's product code was 11188-01-40G. Any Sapphire product with 1 at the begining is non-reference and 2 is reference, like 21188-00-40R.
    
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They advertised it using the model # for a reference card, I even emailed sapphire to make sure.

Worst of all I don't have any cash to remail it, then I'd have to get it from newegg, and wait another damn week at least.....BBLLAAAHH

I'll kept, and OC it till the doors blow off it, and then get a 32nm or 28nm, which ever is next in 7000s next year...

But I'm pissed.
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They advertised it using the model # for a reference card, I even emailed sapphire to make sure.

Worst of all I don't have any cash to remail it, then I'd have to get it from newegg, and wait another damn week at least.....BBLLAAAHH

I'll kept, and OC it till the doors blow off it, and then get a 32nm or 28nm, which ever is next in 7000s next year...

But I'm pissed.
Tell newegg you got the wrong product and force them to cover your shipping costs, or report them to your trading practice association or something, where you report bad businesses, if you really want the reference. But to be honest I'd prefer the non-ref ones because they overclock higher in general and cooler and quieter, but up to you. XD
    
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If your not planning to put it under water then whats the difference? They make revisions for a reason, only thing thats a pain is finding a water block when they start moving stuff around on the card.
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Now that bites. Can you take some pics for us pls?
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I always prefer reference over non because non reference always uses cheaper parts in order to make more money. I would try to get a replacement if I can without spending any more money. If you confirmed to make sure and they still sent the wrong item then you should complain.
    
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Actually, shaders unlock only offers 2 - 3% increase. Just OC it and see what it does. You got 30 days anyway to deal with it.
Also, regarding your driver install/uninstall question, DO NOT I repeat DO NOT use Driver Sweeper or Driver Cleaner right off the bat. Try the normal process of uninstalling and then installing. 99% of the time it works just fine.
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